72nd Academy Awards
72 academy awards poster.jpg
Official poster
DateMarch 26, 2000
SiteShrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Hosted byBilly Crystal[1]
Preshow hostsTyra Banks
Chris Connelly
Meredith Vieira[2]
Produced byRichard D. Zanuck
Lili Fini Zanuck[3]
Directed byLouis J. Horvitz[4]
Best PictureAmerican Beauty
Most awardsAmerican Beauty (5)
Most nominationsAmerican Beauty (8)
TV in the United States
Duration4 hours, 9 minutes[5]
Ratings46.52 million
29.64% (Nielsen ratings)[6]

The 72nd Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), honored films released in 1999 and took place on March 26, 2000, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, beginning at 5:30 p.m. PST / 8:30 p.m. EST. During the ceremony, the AMPAS presented Academy Awards (commonly referred to as Oscars) in 23 categories. The ceremony, televised in the United States by ABC, was produced by husband-and-wife producing team Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck and was directed by Louis J. Horvitz. Actor Billy Crystal hosted the show for the seventh time. He first presided over the 62nd ceremony held in 1990 and had last hosted the 70th ceremony held in 1998. Three weeks earlier in a ceremony at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California held on March 4, the Academy Awards for Technical Achievement were presented by host Salma Hayek.[7]

American Beauty won five awards, including Best Picture.[8][9] Other winners included The Matrix with four awards, The Cider House Rules and Topsy-Turvy with two, and All About My Mother, Boys Don't Cry, Girl, Interrupted, King Gimp, My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York, The Old Man and the Sea, One Day in September, The Red Violin, Sleepy Hollow, and Tarzan with one. The telecast garnered almost 47 million viewers in the United States.

Winners and nominees

The nominees for the 72nd Academy Awards were announced on February 15, 2000, at 5:38 a.m. PST (13:38 UTC) at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California, by Robert Rehme, president of the Academy, and the actor Dustin Hoffman.[10] American Beauty received the most nominations with eight total; The Cider House Rules and The Insider tied for second with seven nominations each.[11]

The winners were announced during the awards ceremony on March 26, 2000.[12] Sam Mendes was the sixth person to win Best Director for his directorial debut.[13] Best Actor winner Kevin Spacey became the tenth performer to win acting Oscars in both lead and supporting categories.[14] By virtue of her father Jon Voight's Best Lead Actor win for 1978's Coming Home, Best Supporting Actress winner Angelina Jolie and Voight became the second father-daughter Oscar acting winners.[15]


Sam Mendes, Best Director winner
Kevin Spacey, Best Actor winner
Hilary Swank, Best Actress winner
Michael Caine, Best Supporting Actor winner
Angelina Jolie, Best Supporting Actress winner
Alan Ball, Best Original Screenplay winner
John Irving, Best Adapted Screenplay winner
Pedro Almodóvar, Best Foreign Language Film winner
Kevin Macdonald, Best Documentary Feature co-winner
Phil Collins, Best Original Song winner

Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger (double-dagger).[16]